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While this may be the last thing on your mind, saving any physical evidence will help with your case.

Remember: it was not your fault.

IF YOU ARE A TEEN AND HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

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While this may be the last thing on your mind, saving any physical evidence will help with your case. Even if you're not sure if you're going to report, it's a good idea to observe the following guidelines until you decide:

  • Do not take a shower or a bath.
  • If you did take a shower or bath, be sure to save the towel you used.
  • Try not to eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, or put anything in your mouth.
  • If possible, don't use the rest room. If you do, try and urinate in a clean cup with a lid
  • If you've changed your clothes, take all of the clothes you were wearing during the assault and put  them in a brown paper bag.
  • Don't douche.
  • If you're on your period, keep the tampon or pad.
  • If a condom was used and you can safely get it, save the condom.
  • If it was a stranger assault, make a note of any items (such as furniture, the steering wheel, or a glass)
  • the perpetrator may have touched.
    Don't drink any alcoholic beverages or use any drugs after the assault.
  • If you are intoxicated and can't remember the assault, save any drinks you consumed that the perpetrator had access to.
  • For now, try not to talk with friends and relatives too much about the assault.
  • Don't have sex or any other intimate relations until after the sexual assault exam.
  • If you go to the emergency room, the exam should only be visual unless there is an immediate need for medical attention.

If you choose to report the assault, report as soon as possible. Just call 911 or your local police department, and they will guide you from there.


The police may decide that a medical exam is needed to collect evidence. If so, they will call the Sexual Assault Emergency Response Team (SART) and drive you to a specially equipped hospital. You won't be going through this alone. When you get to the hospital, your advocate from the local rape crisis center will be waiting for you as well as a sexual assault nurse examiner.


If law enforcement requests the exam, California law states that neither you, your parents, or your insurance can be billed for it.


If you're not sure about reporting, we have provided some reasons to report to help you make an informed decision

.We also invite you to call our twenty-four hotline at (818) 886-0453 or (661) 253-0258. Whatever you decide is okay with us.


It's important to make sure that you are okay; this means medical attention is needed. Places you can go include your family physician, Planned Parenthood, or a local family planning clinic. Note that all medical providers are mandated reporters and will call law enforcement if they have knowledge of or suspect sexual assault.


It is a good idea to talk to a professional counselor to begin the healing process. You have bravely survived a trauma. Many trauma survivors experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Without treatment, survivors often find themselves feeling depressed, anxious, or self-destructive. Counseling can help alleviate these symptoms and keep other ones from coming up. Counseling at Valley Trauma Center can be arranged by calling our twenty-four hotline at (818) 886-0453 or (661) 253-0258.

Remember: it was not your fault.

Special Information:

  • If you are over 12, you can consent to your own exam and medication for STDs and pregnancy prevention.
  • If you are over 12 and your parents request an exam, you can refuse.
  • If you are over 12, your parents do not have to be notified by the nurse that you are at the SART, nor do the nurses or advocates reveal any information that you share with them. (Although the Police often do give detailed information to parents.)
  • If you are under 18, there is a strong chance that the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will be notified of the assault. They may then contact parents.

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